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Canterbury Bulldogs crush weakened Sharks

IAN MCCULLOUGH
Last updated 23:24 17/03/2014
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STRUGGLING: The Sharks slumped to their second loss to open the season with an overwhelming 42-4 defeat to the Bulldogs.

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Canterbury have comfortably put a heavily depleted Cronulla side to the sword at ANZ Stadium, easing to a 42-4 win in a low-key Monday night affair.

The Sharks, who were missing Paul Gallen, Beau Ryan, Todd Carney and Jeff Robson due to injury in addition to the suspended Canterbury-bound Andrew Fifita, included three players making their NRL debuts in their 17-man squad and were no match for full-strength Bulldogs side in front of crowd of 12,057.

Among the rookies were Michael Lichaa, the highly-rated young hooker who will be following Fifita to Belmore in 2015.

Trailing 24-0 at halftime following tries from Frank Pritchard, Michael Ennis and a Chase Stanley brace, the Sharks found themselves further behind just after the restart when Trent Hodkinson dived under the posts.

The Sharks tried manfully after halftime to create some attacking intent, but sorely missed the guile and class of Carney, with the gifted playmaker due to return next week following a hamstring problem that's kept him out of action since the Auckland Nines.

Bulldogs winger Corey Thompson scored his first career try on the hour-mark when he showed great athleticism to keep his feet in touch allowing the video referees to overrule the on-field officials.

Canterbury's giant pack started to really dominate in the second half with the much-maligned Tony Williams really having an impact as the Sharks struggled to contain their hosts' go-forward.

Josh Morris darted over from close range following some good work from the impressive Hodkinson, who added the extras with his seventh successful kick to add some extra gloss to the scoreline.

The NSW star was then denied a spectacular effort when he intercepted a Daniel Holdsworth short kick and raced 70 metres for a try.

But the video replay showed he was offside when he hauled in the Sharks' halfback's kick.

Cronulla did score from the last play of the game when former Bulldog Jonathan Wright went over in the right corner on the siren.

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